Little Earthquakes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jennifer Weiner
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Lia tell her mother when she asks, "What's going on?"

2. What does Becky offer Lia at the beginning of "September Lia?"

3. What is Richard trying to do when Ayinde tells him not to wake the baby?

4. What problems did Ayinde's mother have?

5. Who do Becky and Andrew pick up from the airport while she is in labor?

Short Essay Questions

1. We learn Kelly wanted a normal childhood in May Kelly. What does Kelly consider a normal childhood?

2. Ayinde is experiencing pain and suffering when first introduced in "April Ayinde". Usually Ayinde is one that appears to have it all. In what ways is Ayinde experiencing pain and suffering?

3. Ayinde always claims to want to stay at home with Julian. How does she interpret the failed job interview to justify this desire?

4. How does Weiner paint Mimi in the chapter "September Becky"?

5. Why is Becky so devastated that the doctor wants to perform a c-section?

6. Why does Richard, Ayinde's husband, appear to be ready to go on another trip?

7. Kelly and her husband Steve both come home from the hospital in "July Kelly." What had happened to Steve?

8. What constitutes Lia's inability to come to grips with her baby's death?

9. How does Ayinde feel about her mother sending her the book Priscilla Prewitt's Baby Success?

10. How does the "smelly monstrosity of a couch that the neighbor was throwing away" give Kelly flashbacks of her childhood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose the one character from Little Earthquakes that you think most resembles yourself. Explain how this character resembles you using detail and examples from the story.

Essay Topic 2

Having a baby brought about many changes in the friends' sense of self. Choose one of the friends and describe in detail, using examples from the story, how their sense of self changed.

Essay Topic 3

Lia, Ayinde, Becky, and Kelly all have difficult relationships with their mothers and mothers-in-law. Think about how these relationships affect them and the bonds they develop with their babies. For example, Ayinde clearly wants to parent her children differently than the way she was raised, however, she also wants to live up to her mother's expectations by taking the book Baby Success seriously. How does Ayinde deal with balancing these two sides and will it affect Ayinde's relationship with Julian? How? Also, how do Ayinde's childhood memories affect the relationship with Julian?

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